Robeson Community College closed on Dec. 19 to allow students, faculty and staff time to spend with their families for the holidays while recharging for the upcoming spring semester. Christmas-related events have occurred on campus over the past few weeks, some social and celebratory and others geared more to the true meaning of Christmas — making sacrifices and giving to others.
The Male Minority Achievement Program, under the direction of advisers Antonio Jackson and Roy Raby, kick started the Christmas spirit by sponsoring a clothing drive in November. Club President Robert Moore, Vice President Kayla Hunt and other members delivered coats and other needed items to Covenant Care.
Robeson Community College’s Students Helping Others Program, under the direction of Susan Mangum Moore, has been especially active. After sponsoring a food drive to collect 1,900 pounds of nonperishable items for the Robeson County Church and Community Center’s food pantry in November, the group immediately turned its efforts to sponsoring an Angel Tree and encouraging the college community to donate clothing and toys to students in a special needs class at Prospect Elementary School. Club members visited the school and delivered their gifts on Dec. 16.
The Advanced Manufacturing Club, under the direction of club adviser Michael Levinson, adopted a group at Allenton Head Start and delivered joy and approximately 50 Christmas gifts to children at that facility earlier this month.
Foundation board members Cindy Kern and Bruce Mullis emceed the Robeson Community College Foundation-sponsored Christmas Talent Showcase on Dec. 10. Featured performers included the Deal Family, Peterson Elementary Sheetrock Drummers, Miss Lumbee Alexis Locklear, Miss University of North Carolina at Pembroke Kelcey Cummings, Purple Door Productions, Alaina Malcolm, Lumberton High School Chorus, Jason Bullock, Taylor Locklear and Taylor Smith.
In addition to their performance during the talent showcase, Purple Door Productions ran its interpretation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for several performances to raise money for the foundation.
By the time you read this, the holidays will be drawing to an end. Curriculum classes for the spring semester will begin on Jan. 8. Late registration for those classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Jan. 6. If furthering your education is on your New Year’s resolution list, contact the Robeson Community College Admissions office when the college reopens on Jan. 2.
Dennis Watts is the Public Information officer at Robeson Community College. If you have questions about RCC or suggestions for future articles, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.